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School of Nursing Welcomes New Faculty and Leadership Appointments

  By Ivy Burruto
  Monday, February 24, 2020


The University of Rochester School of Nursing is pleased to welcome Meghan L. Underhill-Blazey, PhD, APRN, AOCNS and Annmarie Flanagan, DNP, APN, FNP-C., and announce the recent faculty leadership appointments of Susan M. Ciurzynski, PhD, RN-BC, PNP, VCE, FNAP, and Tara M. Serwetnyk, MS, RN-BC.

Underhill-Blazy joins the School of Nursing as an assistant professor from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School. There, she acted as interim director and associate director for the Phyllis F. Cantor Center for Research. 

Underhill-Blazey’s practice and research have primarily focused on promoting optimal health in individuals living with increased risk for cancer. She has led multiple studies and co-authored over 25 peer-reviewed publications.

In addition to her School of Nursing faculty role, Underhill-Blazey holds a secondary appointment as a nurse practitioner at the Wilmot Cancer Institute Hereditary Cancer Screening and Risk Reduction Program.

Ciurzynski is stepping down from her role as director of the Center for Lifelong Learning to assume a new leadership position with the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program. Ciurzynski is now the assistant DNP program director and will assist Lydia D. Rotondo, DNP, RN, CNS, with her responsibilities as the program’s director.

Serwetnyk takes over as interim director of the Center for Lifelong Learning. In her new role, she will facilitate strategic planning initiatives and support the ongoing advancement of educational programs.

Flanagan joined the School of Nursing in December 2019 as a full-time assistant professor of clinical nursing. She will be working closely with primary care nurse practitioner students during their clinical placements in the community.

A nursing professional for over 35 years, Flanagan has worked in the public health and community health arenas and focused on the needs of individuals and families within rural America.

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